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There has been a major update in the Awards Call for Entries. Please read the categories carefully and consider content first, when choosing an entry point in our 2021 Call for Entries. It also is important to fully read the Emmy® Awards Contest Rules & FAQs before beginning the entry process. Good luck!

During the busy entry period, we will answer emails as quickly as we can. We appreciate your patience!

DEADLINE FOR CALL FOR ENTRIES:
February 2, 2021

DEADLINE FOR VIDEO UPLOAD:
February 2, 2021

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER:

  • Any person who is directly responsible for the production of the entry or for the individual craft achievement. Executive producers will only be eligible for an award if directly involved in the execution of the product. No student entries are eligible for an Emmy® award.
  • Submission of an entry constitutes an agreement that any promotion or advertising incorporating any award that may be received shall be subject to the Rules and Regulations of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences subject to the approval of the Board of Governors of the Michigan Chapter prior to such use. The word “BEST” may not be used in the promotion of an Emmy® Award.
  • Submission of the entry form constitutes permission for the Michigan Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to telecast or screen the entry, or portions of the entry, as part of the Emmy® Awards program and to webcast the entry, or portions of the entry, on the Chapter website www.natasmichigan.org,  Facebook page or Youtube page.
  • The Michigan Chapter is not responsible for non-playing entries.
    All entries become property of the Michigan Chapter.
  • LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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COST OF ENTRIES:

Categories 101-727
Members

1st Name                2nd & Greater
$80                           $100

Non-Members

1st Name                  2nd & Greater
$220                           $220

An entry fee must be paid for each person listed on an entry form.

HOW DO I PAY FOR ENTRIES

Your member dashboard is always your reference for ALL things EMMY®. However, you will receive an email confirmation of your entry/entries. There are links to MODIFY or MAKE PAYMENT for your entry. The email will also have your entry info as well as your invoice #. Again, you can always go to your member dashboard to upload, modify or pay.

The email will include the following links:

*Use this link to upload your video file

*Use this link to modify your entry until February 2, 2021.

*If you still need to pay, use this link to go to the payment process
UNPAID ENTRY FEES: All Unpaid Entrant Fees will be removed from entry.

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DO I HAVE TO BE A MICHIGAN CHAPTER MEMBER TO ENTER?

NO. BUT, if you want to join or need to renew your membership, your membership must be paid through 2021 prior to completing the entry form to receive the member entry rate.

Entries are not automatically updated to the membership price. You MUST Modify the entry to update the entrants membership fee.

The emailed copy of the entry will contain a link allowing the entry to be updated with the verified membership status so the entry price can be updated before payment. Please confirm your membership before submitting a new application.

Membership in The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is not required to enter the Emmy® Awards.

All Entrants Must Be Members or Register Users to submit an entry. Please have your entrants register or join before you start the entry process or you will have to stop and register the entrant.

Become A Registered User

WHO IS THE SUBMITTER CONTACT ON THE ENTRY?

This is the person who is submitting entries (i.e. completing the online entry forms) on behalf of their station or production company. This is the first person we will contact if we have any questions or require additional information regarding the entry. This person may or may not be listed as an “entrant” as well.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?

Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa and Discover) and checks are accepted. To avoid Late Fees, all entry fees must be paid in full by February 2, 2021. After February 2, 2021, late fees will be charged, see above for late fees. Unpaid entries will be disqualified from the judging process.

EMAIL ENTRY FORM CONFIRMATION:

You will receive an email confirmation of your entry/entries. There are links to MODIFY or Pay for your entry. The email will also have your entry info as well as your invoice #.

*If you still need to pay, use this link to go to the payment process or go to your member dashboard.

JUDGING PROCEDURE

  • All entries in a particular category will be judged by the same panel of peer judges. In each category, unless otherwise specified, there may be one award, more than one award, or no award. Entries will be judged on their own merit and not in competition with other entries.
  • All entries will be judged by one or more of the Regional Emmy Chapters of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  • Programming entries will be judged for Content, Creativity, and Execution. Crafts Achievement entries will be judged for Creativity and Execution. All entries will be judged against a standard of excellence and will not compete with each other.
  • NON-COMPETITIVE JUDGING: Entries are judged against a standard of excellence and do not compete against each other. There may be one award, more than one award or no award given in each category. Any exceptions will be noted in the category description.

MANDATED JUDGING REQUIREMENTS:
By entering, you agree to serve as a judge when asked and that judging must occur during the eligibility date of entries – December 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021.

  • If you enter once, you’ll need to judge once
  • If you enter twice, you’ll need to judge twice
  • If you enter three or more times, you’ll need to judge at least 3 times
    We will be closely monitoring who enters but does not judge. This continued pattern of entering but not serving as a judge will result in a $25 penalty fee per entrant name. The rules are as follows:

Entrants are required to judge as many categories as entered.

  • If you enter the EMMY® Awards you are required to judge every 12 months; December 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021.
  • If entrant does not judge within the 12 months, the penalty fee is $25 per entrant name.

For first time entrants the Mandatory Judging does not apply. This rule is for previous entrants that entered the 2020 Michigan EMMY® Call for Entries.

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HOW DO I CHANGE THE CATEGORY NAME OF AN ENTRY ALREADY SUBMITTED?

EMMY® Express allows the category to be changed on entries. Please send the entry’s EMMY® Express email receipt to CONTACT US, requesting the entry category to be changed to the new category. Please advise if the video has been uploaded.

HOW DO I DELETE AN ENTRY ALREADY SUBMITTED?

Find the Entry Email Receipt, reply and ask to have this entry deleted. Please advise if you have an uploaded video.

MUST I USE THE TITLE “PRODUCER” ON MY ENTRY?

No. You need not use the actual title “Producer” unless it applies. Please use your appropriate credit as related to the entry.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE LISTED ON THE ENTRY?

In order to maintain a high level of award excellence, Chapters must continue to self-regulate their entries, making sure only the appropriate individuals are recognized. To maintain this consistency, there is a maximum quota of 7 eligible names allowed on each entry.

Any name(s) added beyond this number will require written authorization from the primary responsible entrant detailing the additional job title and responsibility. Chapters would then have the option of accepting these additional entrants or not.

CAN WE JUST LIST AN ENTRANT AS “STAFF”, “NEW TEAM” OR “COMPANY X”?

You may NOT list any entrant name as “Staff,” “News Team”, “Company X”, etc. EMMY® statuette are awarded to individuals, not to their employers, stations or companies. All entries must include the name and production credit for each individual.

HOW CAN I ADD MY NAME OR OTHER ENTRANTS TO AN ENTRY ALREADY SUBMITTED?

Names may be added to the entry form up to February 2, 2021, subject to appropriate entry fees and late penalties. Only the individuals listed on the entry form are eligible to become nominees and receive statuettes or plaques.

Please find the submitter of the entry, ask them to forward you the EMMY® Express email receipt. At the bottom of the entry is a link to modify the entry.

DEFINITIONS OF TERMS:

Branded Franchise Series
Short form content that includes multiple installments, all of which fit under a unifying theme.
Examples: “Tom’s Financial Tips” that air every Wednesday night on a local newscast, “Reports from the Border” that post on a local news website over a 6-month period

Call for Entries
The document that provides information related to the Emmy® Awards contests, including rules, guidelines and categories.

Chapter Awards Committee
A committee that oversees the Regional Emmy® Awards contest within a particular NATAS chapter. This committee has the final say on selecting categories for the chapter Call for Entries, determining content and entrant eligibility and reviewing judges’ challenges (among other duties.)

Clip Shows and “Best Of” Programs
Programs or other content that consist of previously aired material in the form of a “year in review” special or a collection of Branded Content Series pieces. These are NOT eligible for Regional Emmy Awards contents.

Closed Circuit Content
Content that is only available to a select and limited audience via distribution on a closed circuit (hospitals, in flight entertainment, hotels, doctor’s offices, private companies, etc.)
Video content transmitted in a public sports venue, arena or stadium is not considered distribution on a closed circuit and is eligible in content and craft categories.

Composite
A sampling of a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) representative segments or examples of work that convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth, or range of an individual’s talents within the specified craft category. The elements within a composite, unless otherwise noted in the category description, are to be “as aired” with no post-distribution changes, such as additional edits, music or special effects. Composites may include stories or segments in their entirety and/or excerpts from longer content. One to two seconds of black between cuts, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate segments within the composite.

Conflict of Interest
Having a direct involvement or vested interest in the production of an entry, or having a personal relationship with an entrant. Judges may NOT judge entries in which any of these criteria are met. Group ownership, by itself, does not create a conflict of interest. Examples: A producer working for a station owned by TEGNA in one market is not prohibited from judging an entry produced by another TEGNA-owned station in another chapter. NBC Sports Chicago personnel are not prohibited from serving as judges for entries produced by NBC Sports Bay Area.

Content Category
A category for which there are three (3) areas of excellence being considered in the judging process: Content, Creativity and Execution. Our chapter’s content categories are 101-603.

Craft Category
A category for which there are two (2) areas of excellence being considered in the judging process: Creativity and Execution. These categories focus solely on the craft designated for each (photography, editing, talent, etc.) Our chapter’s craft categories are 701-727

Demo Reels / Montages
Short examples edited from content that showcases your work. Demo reels or montages often include shorter excerpts from the original video that may or may not have added music, graphics and/or special effects.
Example: A photographer cannot take short segments from original content and edit those pieces together for a composite submission in the craft category.

Distribution
The process of getting video content from a producer to a viewer. This may include being broadcast on a television or cable station, streamed on a website or app, posted on a company website or social media account.

Double-Dipping
Any entry submitted in its entirety in more than one content category or instance of any entrant submitting work in an attempt to be recognized more than once for performing the same job function for the same content.
See specific examples of double-dipping in the RULES section of this Call for Entries.

Eligibility Window
Period of time in which any content must have been produced to be eligible for entry in this regional Emmy® Awards contest. This window varies among NATAS chapters and will be prominently displayed in each Call for Entries.

Emmy® Award
The most prestigious peer-judged award recognizing excellence in professional achievement with annual awards of merit in the television industry through extensive, confidential peer review of broadcast work and related media.

Entrant
Individual whose work has been submitted for consideration in a regional Emmy® Award contest.

Excerpt
A continuous segment or section from longer content, excerpts are used to bring longer content to the specified category time limit.

Feature
While still journalistic in nature, this content takes less of a hard news tone while incorporating strong storytelling. It may be a serious or lighter subject. The story construction and personality of the interviewees are highlighted in a feature story. Feature news stories often run a bit longer and may not have an immediate time peg.

Hard News
Classic, fact-gathering and reporting. Should include a news hook and timely peg.

Infomercials
A program or long form content that promotes a product, service or idea and includes a call to commerce.

Job Title vs Role on Entry
Job title is the word or words under your name on a business card that indicate(s) what job position you hold within the organization for which you work.
Role on Entry is the particular function you performed on an Emmy® Award entry.
Many of these are similar or even the same (Producer, Photographer, Editor) while some job titles (Executive Producer, Chief Creative Officer, Assignment Desk Editor) don’t directly translate to a tangible job function performed during the production process. Entrants often perform roles on an entry that aren’t a part of their job title (a producer who edits, a director who writes, a photographer who lights the set, an editor who produces.)
For the purposes of regional Emmy® Award statuette eligibility, Role on Entry is the determining factor over Job Title.

Journalistic / Journalistic Coverage
Method of coverage that considers all sides fairly, reporting without bias or persuasion.

Key Contributor
One whose work on a production was significant enough to be considered eligible for a regional Emmy® Award statuette. In the estimation of the entry submitter, the entry would not have been award-worthy without this person’s contributions.

Long Form Content
Video production that exceeds 10 minutes in length. These subcategories are the intended home for content that previously would have been submitted in Program categories or sub-categories, as well as longer segment or feature categories or sub-categories and online content that meets other eligibility criteria.

Member
One who has completed the membership process in one of the 19 regional NATAS chapters.
(Membership is not required to enter regional Emmy® Awards contests)

NATAS
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) was founded in 1955. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award.

Regional Emmy® Awards are given in nineteen regions across the United States.  National Awards are given for Daytime Entertainment, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering.
Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.

National Awards
The Daytime, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards contests are held annually and open to all entrants whose work meets eligibility criteria.

National Awards Committee
As outlined in the NATAS bylaws, this group of people administers the policy and structure of the National and Regional Emmy® Awards process. Its membership consists of representatives from each of the National Awards constituencies as well as regional/chapter reps.

News Series
Multiple reports that build on the same subject or news story.

One-Time Special
A stand-alone program or content that is not part of a larger series of content.

Original Air Date
The date that content was first made available (aired or otherwise distributed) to the general public.

Peer Judging
The process by which Emmy® Awards entries are reviewed by professionals of like disciplines for the purpose of determining award-worthiness. Entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other.

Podcast
A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to or streaming on a computer or mobile device. Audio-only Podcasts are not eligible for Emmy® Award consideration. Podcasts that also include a video element would be eligible for regional entry as long as they are in compliance with all other requirements.

Primary Interest
A term used to help determine eligibility of content for regional Emmy® Awards contests. This was previously used as the standard of eligibility, but has been replaced with the phrase “produced and intended for a regional or local audience,” as the National Awards Committee determined this was more effectively measured and determined.

Program
A traditional content format used in broadcast and cable television. In order to be more inclusive of content delivered via non-traditional means, the term Long Form Content is being used in most applications that were previously referred to as Programs. Certain categories (Documentary, Sports Program, Magazine Program) have retained the term where the traditional definition remains applicable.

Program Series
Multiple episodes of a program with similar subject matter or an overall unifying theme.

Recipient
One who receives a regional Emmy® Award. As regional entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other, there may be no recipient, one recipient or more than one recipient in a given category. Honorees in the National Emmy® Award contests are referred to as “winners” since only one entry is awarded in each category, with the exception of ties.

Regional Awards Manual
The document that sets forth the rules and available categories for each regional chapter’s Call For Entries. It also includes a section of Chapter Guidance and this Glossary of Terms.

Segment
A section of video content that could be part of a program or entry.

Series
Multiple installments of similar and related content.
(also see: News Series and Program Series)

Short Form Content
Video production that is no more than 10 minutes in length. These subcategories are the intended home for content that previously would have been submitted in Program Feature or Segment categories or sub-categories, as well as online content that meets other eligibility criteria.

Single Shift
This is defined as the between which a work shift begins and ends (could be a normal work shift or an extended, breaking-news type of shift). This term is replacing the previously-used “within 24 hours” as a way to separate longer term projects and productions from those completed within one work shift. A story assigned one day but researched, scheduled, and shot over another day or multiple days, should be submitted in a “no time limit” category.

Student Production Awards
Crystal pillars presented to recipients of separate contests among high school and college students, with the intention to recognize outstanding student achievements in production. Rules and category options for Student Production Awards are outlined in the Regional Awards Manual.

Student Productions
Content conceived and created by full-time students at a university, college, technical/vocational school or high school. Student Productions may not include any professional services and faculty involvement can only be advisory.

Submission Length
Exact runtime of an entry video.

Submitter
Person who completes the process of entry in a regional Emmy® Award contest. This person may also be an entrant but is not required to.

Syndicated
Content that is licensed for distribution on multiple broadcast or online outlets and available for consumption in multiple geographic locations.

Time Limit
The maximum amount of time allowed. A chapter call for entries will include two (2) types of time limits: Entry Time Limit and Production Time Limit.
Entry Time Limit: maximum length allowed for an entry, this varies among categories
Production Time Limit: maximum length allowed to produce an entry, which may be indicated in hours or the term Single Shift.

Unique and Creative Treatment
When an entry includes previously produced material, it is only eligible if its use is significantly different from any previous use of the same material

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated in the category description, program entries (categories 101-408) may be entered in only one programming category. In programming categories, an entry is defined as a single program or segment, or in the case of news, one story or a series of stories directly related to each other.

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WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY VIDEO FOR THE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES (CATEGORIES 601, 602  and 603)

For these entries, the written synopsis you provide is just as important as what goes on the video. Clearly define your station or news department’s mission and outreach so that the judges understand what you do, with what you have. The video should complement the synopsis. Time codes are extremely helpful as judges are only required to view 25% of the submitted material. These categories are not about creating a sleekly produced “marketing” video. Post-production editing is not allowed.

MY STATION HAS SEVERAL HOURS OF NEWS IN A ROW. CAN WE SUBMIT ALL OF THEM IN A SINGLE NEWSCAST?

No, unless the same show producer is responsible for the complete program and it’s considered a single newscast for rating purposes. Remember, no entry may be longer than 60 minutes.

HOW CAN WE RECOGNIZE OTHERS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO A SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORY?
Only one Emmy® statuette is awarded to a single recipient in the Special Achievement Award category (Overall Excellence,  News Excellence and Community Service). The names of an additional 6 people who contributed to an Emmy® awarded entry, but who are not statue-eligible, may be included on a Emmy® Regional Plaque.

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ENTRY PREPARATION:

The Michigan Chapter requires all entrants to use the Emmy® Express Online system for entry submissions. The online process will walk you through filling out entry forms, paying for your entries, and uploading your video for online judging. After submitting your entry information, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with links so you can return to the site as often as you like to make changes and verify data up until the entry deadline. You’ll also be provided with a link to upload your video if you did not do so immediately after filling out the online forms and a payment link if you chose to “Pay Later” during the submission process.

ENTER the 2021 Michigan EMMY® Awards: Submit your entry here; if you’re entering and paying on your own. This is for all the rest of us, no matter how many entries you’re submitting.

HOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY:

  • Log In to EMMY® EXPRESS (see how to locate your member number or become a registered user below.)
  • Fill out the online entry forms
  • Upload and approve your video

EMAIL ENTRY FORM CONFIRMATION:

You will receive an email confirmation of your entry/entries. There are links to MODIFY or Pay for your entry.
*Use this link to modify your entry until February 2, 2021.
*If you still need to pay, use this link to go to the payment process
The email will also have your entry info as well as your invoice #.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR VIDEO FOR UPLOAD:

Entrants are responsible for the technical quality of their videos. Be sure to watch each video in its entirety to make sure it plays, BEFORE you approve it.

HOW Do I Upload Your Video

Video File Upload Recommendations:

  • The video file size should not be larger than 2 GB for ease of uploading.
  • The video width should be 768 or larger for better viewing experience for the judge.

What format do I use to upload my entry?

  • flv – Flash video
  •  mp4 – MPEG-4 H.264 encoding
  • vp6 – True Motion
  • .mov

For best quality, encode your video at its original size.

  • 1920×1080 or 1280x720p is recommended
  • Your video should be at least 768 or larger

Do NOT letterbox your video

For more information to prepare your video, How to Submit an EMMY Entry

HOW DO I SHORTEN A FULL-LENGTH PROGRAM TO COMPLY WITH ENTRY TIME LIMITS?

Full-length programs may be shortened by taking up to three (3) complete lifts from the program. In other words, a maximum of three edits is permitted to bring longer programs to the time limit. We encourage the use of the synopsis to help judges navigate the entry.

For more information to prepare your video, read more! (how to submit a video)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

USING THE SCROLL DOWN MENU FOR SUBMITTING ORGANIZATION:

For best results, we recommend that you enter the Organization Name manually. This will ensure that all your entries show up under YOUR Dashboard, when it’s time to review and pay.

WHAT IS THE EMMY EXPRESS DASHBOARD AND SHOULD I USE?

If you enter more than three entries and want to pay only one invoice, an easy solution is to use the EMMY® EXPRESS Dashboard for your Organization.
EMMY® EXPRESS Organization Dashboard: This dashboard is a feature that allows a designated ‘administrator’ to review, change, approve and pay for their company’s entries. The dashboard is an option for companies/groups with a large number of entries. If you would like to utilize this feature, please use CONTACT US.

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WHO GETS TO KEEP THE EMMY® STATUETTE?

EMMY® statuettes will only be given to individual recipient(s) who were properly listed on the entry forms and for whom entry fees were properly paid. Each recipient will receive a separate statuette. EMMY® Awards are presented to individuals, not to their employers. Ownership of the EMMY® statuette is retained by the individuals and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, even if an employer pays entry fees.

CAN I PURCHASE DUPLICATE STATUETTES, CERTIFICATES AND PLAQUES?

Stations, studios and production companies may order a Commemorative statuette for public display at their place of business (up to a maximum of three per awarded entry). The statuette is engraved the same as the actual EMMY® Award, with the word “Commemorative” added on the rear of the statuette. More information can be found HERE

Nomination Certificates are issued to each nominee, following verification of nomination.

DON’T LEAVE A MESS IN EMMY® EXPRESS!

If you change your mind after filling out the entry form in Emmy® Express or if you make a mistake that you can’t correct in Emmy® Express, please use CONTACT US to fix it. Failure to delete an entry will cause bogus entries to stay in the system.

QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about the Emmy® Awards or the process, please use CONTACT US

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